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Let’s start off with some disclaimers, shall we? First of all, I have only ever potty-trained one child, so I am far from an expert. Not even close, actually.
For the first one and a half years of my oldest son’s life (he’s now three and a half), I did a lot of Googling research on the subject of potty training. I read what seemed like hundreds of articles and blog posts covering all sides of the issue; I browsed through mommy forums all over the internet, learning about the various approaches that real moms tried; I read books and magazines about it; and I observed the successes and failures of all the moms I knew in real life.
Talk, talk, and more talk. Even before your child is capable of responding, talk about bodily functions. Talk about where pee and poop come from. Determine what you want your child to call his or her private parts and call them by those names.